German high-level nuclear waste to be returned: High-level nuclear waste in the form of vitrified residues will be returned from the UK to Germany over the coming years.
The waste which had previously been used to produce electricity by utilities in Germany, results from the reprocessing and recycling of spent nuclear fuel at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria.
A key component of the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority(NDA) strategy is the Vitrified Residue Returns programme and preparations are underway for the first return shipment in late 2020 to repatriate high-level waste from the UK.
Storage facilities in Germany will receive a total of three shipments, with the returns involving Sellafield Ltd working with a subsidiary of the NDA – International Nuclear Services (INS).
The waste will be transported by INS by sea on a specialised vessel to a German port and then onto the final destinations by rail.
The overland transport in Germany has been contracted to Daher Nuclear Technologies to safely manage.
German high-level nuclear waste to be returned